Daniel M. Sanderson

Ph.D., CSAT, Founder

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Dr. Daniel Sanderson is an internationally known Clinical Psychologist specializing in forensic psychology, psychological assessment, and neuro-psychology with more than 30 years of experience in outdoor and residential treatment design. He is a well-respected and tactical clinician for wilderness therapies, and considered a pioneer in wilderness treatment modalities. His many years of experience in the field of psychology include a wide array of treatment options for children, adolescents, and their families.

Dr. Sanderson is an innovator who implements groundbreaking and first-of-their-kind interventions, including the Family Boot Camp and STAR Guides Wilderness – specializing in treatment for Sexual Addiction, Process, Gaming & Technology Addictions; as well as Concierge Wilderness Therapy programs.


Sanderson is recognized for creating the “Developmental Vacation (R)” treatment model; a highly successful and unique treatment method for adolescents and young adults with difficult, complex early childhood trauma, reactive attachment, treatment resistant, emotional and behavioral health problems. He has performed hundreds of psychological evaluations and is an expert in the area of psychological assessment.


Known by everyone as “Doc Dan,” Sanderson acts as consulting psychologist for White River Academy overseeing clinical therapy of their adolescent treatment program for adolescent males in Delta, Utah. He is the Co-Owner and Clinical Director for Star Guides Wilderness Therapy and Therapy Associates Clinic in Saint George, UT.


Perspectives of Sanderson’s cutting-edge work with families and individuals has been highlighted in episodes for the Discovery Innovations Channel, The BBC, and ABC News segments. Sanderson is adding his influence to the fight against pornography, sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, violence against women and children, gaming addictions and the breakdown of the family.


Doc Dan and his wife have five children and fourteen grandchildren. His hobbies include activity in the mixed martial arts, backcountry hiking adventures, sunset kayaking, paddle boarding, welding and automotive restoration.